A healthy and plastic-free nurturing

We are increasingly more concerned about our health, and for this reason, we look after our environment, the food we eat, the clothes we wear or the air we breathe. But this concern becomes even more evident when we are parents and realize that our actions affect, and will affect for life, our baby.

Modern life is, largely, a life of plastic. And we would be surprised knowing the amount of harmful substances present in plastics. A report of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency has revealed that we are talking about, at least, 132 problematic substances among which we can point up bisphenol A and phthalates.

In 2011, the EU banned bisphenol A (BPA) in baby bottles, dummies and other children’s items that are in contact with food since BPA’s effects could be linked to: precocious puberty, brain disorders and behavioral problems, among others. However, the substitute being used, Bisphenol S, in products labeled with the “BPA-free” stamp can be even more harmful.

Therefore, we believe it is safer and healthier avoiding the use of plastic, not only the one in contact with food, but also the one in direct contact with our babies. Childhood is time to discover the world and babies do it with all their senses, especially with the touch through the mouth.

We suggest these tips and alternatives for a healthy and plastic-free upbringing:

  • Use glass baby’s bottles and, if you fear it could break, a stainless steel one because those made of aluminum come laminated inside.

  • Watch your baby’s dummies and teethers are ergonomic, hygienic and 100% latex or silicone.

  • Choose clothing made of natural fibers, preferably organic, such as cotton, wool or linen. More and more we find items mixed up with polyester, acrylic or synthetic polyamides, which are, after all, plastic.

  • Get toys made of cotton, latex or wood. Keep in mind that most teddy bears are stuffed with plastic fibers and dyes of many conventional toys can also be toxic.

  • Use natural soaps and creams contained in glass or ceramic jars. Avoid excessive use of creams and balms, often unnecessary, because in addition to the possible presence of toxic substances such as parabens or phenoxyethanol, we must add the harmful additives coming off from plastic containers.

  • Make use of glass, ceramic or stainless steel tableware or if you prefer safer and lighter utensils, made of bamboo or wood: their first bowls, spoons, glasses and mugs should not be made of plastic.

  • Always have on hand your glass or stainless steel bottle in order to hydrate your kids healthily. Consume tap water, using natural filters if necessary. You’ll save money and improve their health.

  • Use reusable cotton pads and nappies because not only have less impact on the environment and do not contribute to the generation of non-recyclable waste, but also because they are far less expensive.

There are many areas where we can reduce the use of plastic and prevent its contact with our babies such as wooden brushes and combs, natural bristle toothbrushes, or baby slings that besides being an economical and practical alternative, stimulates baby’s senses and welfare.

We want to do our bit to contribute to a plastic-free upbringing, and, thus, we offer you, in our shop, a selection of alternative products.

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